For millions of young women across South Africa, having their ‘monthly cycle’ isn’t only a nuisance but also vastly detrimental to their education due to the cost of sanitary products.
Imagine you are back in grade 8. Everything is exciting and new and high school seems like an adventure. Now imagine you miss five days of the month because you’re sick. And then you have to catch up all of the work that you missed. The next month you’re sick again. And there goes five more days of learning. Every month you have to stay home because you’re sick. And before you know it, you’ve missed 60 school days in one year.
Without even knowing what you are supposedly sick with, that sounds horrible, doesn’t it? Missing out on your education due to something you can’t control. Now add nausea, crippling stomach cramps that radiate to your legs and back, vomiting, diarrhoea and headaches that seem to last for days. And to top it all off you feel disgusting, fat and super insecure.
Dischems across South Africa have boxes at their entrances for people to donate sanitary pads. It’ll cost you an extra R30 to help 2 girls control their menstrual cycles for a month. It seems small and pointless, it’s only 2 young women. But if everyone did this, we could, in unity, help millions of women across South Africa get an education and fight poverty.
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